• A one day Stained Glass Workshop
• Expert tuition from practisin stained glass artists
• Learn how to cut glass and lead, soldering, cementing and polishing
• Take home your own Stained Glass Mirror
• Maximum group size is ten students to one instructor
• All tools, materials and equipment is provided
• Lunch from Pret a Manger is included
What Can I Expect
Creative Glass in Bristol - design your own stained glass piece of art! This small group glass course is run by a team of talented and experienced crafts people who conceive and create traditional and contemporary glass works at the renowned Guild in Bristol. In fact it is the number one teaching centre for creative glass in the country!
We think this course is perfect for learning key skills to begin a new hobby and it’s great fun too. Your stained glass Bristol experience takes place in lovely studio spaces housed in modern premises on the outskirts of the city, based around an onsite gallery exhibiting fine examples of the glasswork produced. In fact, the guild is bursting with unique and current designs displayed throughout to inspire you with your own creation.
In the gothic age stained and fused glass was used to fill the large windows in the great cathedrals of Europe, then during the renaissance period fused, leaded and stained panes became a fashionable addition to residences, public buildings and churches. The 19th Century saw the rise of the Tiffany style using intricate cuts and richly coloured glass which was soldered to create lampshades using copper instead of the traditional lead.
Since the Guild began designing and making its own stained and leaded glass windows in 1979, it has been at the cutting edge of glass in the UK. With all this skill and talent around, you are sure to be inspired with the opportunity to create your very own design during this comprehensive two day course. First you select your panels from the Guild’s eclectic range (including good old Bristol Blue stained glass). Then under expert supervision from professional artists you will be guided through each stage of production. You will be shown how to select a template for your design and will learn how to trim the pane to your chosen pattern, then cut and shape, before using a soldering iron to solder, cement and polish the lead into place.
By the end of this stained glass course in Bristol, you will have completed your very own crafted light-catcher (a panel which allows transparent light to filter through) or mirror. These creative glass products make the ideal gift for a loved one, but after all the work you’ve put in on this Bristol-based course, you may like your glass creation too much to give away!
The creative glass workshop goes into lots of detail and provides plenty of practical sessions at the guild in Bristol, so you can improve your technique, as well as learning about the history of stained glass production and it’s use along the way. With a maximum of ten students, you can be sure of lots of individual attention, with on hand help from one of the resident experts for any technical questions or tricky design choices. The friendly team includes Chris, a well known glass artist at the guild, who learnt his craft at Buckfast Abbey as a young monk.
All materials, glass, lead, solder and tools for your day of creative glass in Bristol are provided, along with a delicious light lunch and refreshments. At the end of your time working that creative glass in Bristol, we are sure you will have the “stained glass” bug, so you might want to have a browse in the well stocked Guild shop, where you will find all the creative glass materials you need to continue your satisfying new hobby at home. And all with the added bonus of a 10% discount for a whole year from the Bristol guild’s extensive sheet glass selection. No artistic or creative experience in glass design is necessary for this creative glass school in Bristol.....just bring along yourself and your enthusiasm.
• Courses run on selected Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays throughout the year, usually once a month
• Classes run 10:00 - 16.00
• The course is not suitable for under 16's
• Please note under 18's must be supervised by an adult
• Because lead is used in the course it is not suitable for pregnant women
• This activity is not suitable for spectators
• There are toilets on site
• There is a cafe nearby and supermarkets within a 5 minute drive
• Close to Temple Meads Train Station, large car-park on site
• Accommodation can be recommended when booking
• Please telephone to discuss disabled access requirements before booking
Anything Else I Need To Know?
• The venue is near Temple Meads Train Station in Bristol